Reader Hol­i­day

A host of birding de­lights await vis­i­tors to the Scot­tish High­lands

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IF YOU'RE TAK­ING part in our #My200birdyear chal­lenge, or just want a taste of the in­cred­i­ble bird life of the Scot­tish High­lands and Islands, join our sum­mer 25 Scot­tish Spe­cials trip, run by wildlife hol­i­day com­pany Heather­lea. Based at Heather­lea's own three-star ho­tel in Nethy Bridge, in Spey­side, you'll be taken to look for all the species that make Scot­land a unique bird­watch­ing lo­ca­tion in the UK, with the help of Bird Watch­ing as­sis­tant editor Mike Wee­don and Heather­lea's ex­pert guides. Top birds in­clude Caper­cail­lie, Crested Tit, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Scot­tish Cross­bill, Ptarmi­gan, Snow Bunting and Dot­terel, Red- and Black-throated Divers in breed­ing plumage, and Slavo­nian Grebe in its own glo­ri­ous breed­ing fin­ery. In­cluded is a day trip to Mull, al­low­ing you to get great views of both eagle species, plus Black Guille­mot, Hooded Crow and Hen Harrier, and through­out the trip there'll also be the chance to see the likes of Black and Red Grouse, Twite, and Corn Bunting, plus many other species, such as Ring Ouzel, Dip­per and Merlin, giv­ing a po­ten­tial tally of more than 100 species dur­ing the week. Other wildlife could in­clude Ot­ters, Red Deer, and Moun­tain Hare. In between birding, you can re­lax and en­joy ex­cel­lent Scot­tish cui­sine at Heather­lea's ho­tel. So, sign up to­day, and ex­pand your bird­watch­ing hori­zons with Bird Watch­ing and Heather­lea.

Dot­terel (main pic), Caper­cail­lie (top) and Crested Tit (far right) are among the tar­gets

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